KÇS is using both older and more recent models of Epiroc equipment. How do they compare, and how do you keep the older models running smoothly?
MY: "The newer ones have more capacity and are faster. That’s the main reason we prefer them. They are also more fuel efficient. These are advantages when drilling on the different kinds of ground we have at the site.”
EÇ: What is most gratifying is that KÇS has continued to work with us [on the older models]. They use original spare parts, and they call our original servicing. It’s like having a 15-year-old Mercedes and going to the official dealer to get it serviced – it’s that kind of loyalty.”
MY: “There are some key components [to those rigs], and we always prefer buying the original parts. One of the machines that we bought in 2006 has 45 000 engine hours. And it still runs like new because of servicing from Epiroc’s service center and use of original parts."
EÇ: “One of the reasons for the upgrade is that Epiroc has come up with new technologies, like the COP Logic system and the COP SC19 series rock drill, which are extremely efficient and help the most important part of the drilling process move faster. The anti-jamming system also helps ensure the safety of the drilling process and the consumables.”